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Guts and Glory Ryder In the Shadows Security Book 2 Review

Guts & Glory: Ryder (In the Shadows Security Book 2) Book Cover Guts & Glory: Ryder (In the Shadows Security Book 2)
In the Shadows Security
Jeanne St. James
Contemporary Romance
Independently published
July 8, 2019

Is saving another’s soul worth risking your own?
Former special forces operator, Ryder, has never backed down from an assignment, and he’ll be damned if he lets a blonde-haired, smart-mouthed, pain in the a** destroy that record. She’s going to get her life together even if he has to drag her kicking and screaming to do so, and he’s not opposed to using a firm hand to yank her from the darkness back into the light.
MC born and bred, Kelsea is on a one-way path to rock bottom. Determined to forget the horrible truths revealed about the man who fathered her, she’s drowning in a sea of booze, drugs and meaningless hookups. She has no desire to be “saved,” especially not by a bossy former Army Ranger with deep green eyes and a sexy southern twang.
Being locked away at his cabin, cut off from the outside world, deeply buried secrets are rising to the surface and lines between them are starting to blur.
The road to redemption is paved with heartache, though, and while Ryder wants to save her from the demons that haunt her, he’s not sure it’s worth the risk of losing himself or his heart in the process. But, in the end, will Kelsea finally learn to save herself?

Guts and Glory – Ryder In the Shadows Security Book 2 Review

Ryder is the second book of the Guts and Glory series.  I would recommend that the books be read in order and after the Down and Dirty Series, so you will get the background on Kelsey and Ryder, but it can be read as a standalone–if you so desire. Jeanne St. James books all HEA with no cliffhanger (who like cliffhangers anyway?). 

Kelsea is born and bred in the MC world and is on her way to a disastrous existence.  Throughout the entire Down and Dirty Series, she was a party girl dipping in drugs, alcohol, and sex with random guys…always getting in trouble.  Enter Ryder, as per order of his boss, Diesel, he is stuck with the task of getting Kelsea out of bad situations and possible saving her life.  

Ryder decided that he have had enough of Kelsey’s behavior and has decided to help (or try to) her to stop her destructive behavior.  He took Kelsey to a secluded cabin in Kentucky to force her to face her Demons.    However, he did not realize how messed up Kelsey was from the secrets she has learned about the monster that was her father.  Ryder was determined not to get personal with Kelsey, and wasn’t sure if it was worth the trouble, but getting personal proved to be difficult.  Pretty soon a sexual relationship was formed.  However, Ryder’s friend Steel is pretty adamant that Kelsey is no good for Ryder.  

Jeanne St. James is one of my favorite authors and not only in the MC world.  All her books keep getting better and better–must reads.  I expected Guts and Glory Ryder to be as good as Mercy’s book, but I did not expect to be blown away.  This book was everything, I could not put the book down.  I wanted to devour it in one sitting from the moment I started reading, which I did–by the way and Ryder was no different, I did not know how she was going to spin this story because I felt that Kelsey was not redeemable – to be frank she was a little immature slut, but she proved me wrong.  Here is the thing, although she was redeemable and I felt bad for what she was going through and what happened to her in the past, I still had problems liking her.  Did I think she was no good for Ryder?  I think she is perfect for Ryder and what he did for her was commendable.  He is such a good book boyfriend.  Ryder was such a sweet-hot guy, but he still would not put up with Kelsey’s bullshit.  

Ryder is a must read, I would give it 9 stars if I could and the only reason why I would not give it a 10 is because Kelsey is still growing on me.  On the other hand, I got to see Diesel and Jewel. To learn more about Deisel and Jewel read Down & Dirty: Diesel Review . There were many steamy love scenes in the book.  Well done Jeanne St. James, this is another gem!

I gave this book 5 stars because:

  • The book kept me hooked all the way to the end
  • The book was fast-paced and easy to read and understand
  • The characters were 100% real to me and well-developed
  • The plot was everything I imaged it would be
  • Jeanne St. James’ writing was mind-blowing and descriptive
  • I would highly recommend this book and the series

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